It may have taken nearly a decade, but Sin City is back in theaters. The 2005 original film – directed by Robert Rodriguez (From Dusk Till Dawn) and Frank Miller – brought Miller’s hard-boiled neo-noir graphic novels to stunning life and recruited a laundry list of hot Hollywood talent to boot. However, the cinematic landscape has changed into one that might not so readily embrace a new adventure in the ultra-violent, politically incorrect universe of Miller’s work. Regardless, Sin City: A Dame to Kill for is trying its luck against fellow comic book films like Guardians of the Galaxy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This might not be a good idea.
Let’s Be Cops desperately wants to be the next Lethal Weapon or Rush Hour. However, while it may not be as memorable as the former or as financially successful as the latter, the film nevertheless puts the tried-and-true buddy cop subgenre (and all its conventions) to use. Despite what the majority of critics are saying (the film is currently sitting at a harsh 20% rating on Rotten Tomatoes), Let’s Be Cops may be more worthwhile than some moviegoers may think.
The central premise of Lucy – that human beings only use 10 percent of their brain capacity – is, in and of itself, faulty and patently untrue. However, considering that the film in question is a sci-fi action thriller from writer/director Luc Besson (The Professional, The Fifth Element), viewers should expect to a certain suspension of disbelief going on. However, with such an intriguing idea at its core, the question remains whether Lucy takes full advantage of the storytelling potential it holds.